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New MacBook Airs could debut as soon as next week, sources claim

1 hour ago | Posted in: computers

Apple could be planning to update the MacBook Air as soon as next week, according to sources for French site MacGeneration. This includes refreshes of both the 11- and 13-inch lineups. It's unclear which processors they might use; lower-end models could use recent options like the 1.4 GHz i5-4260U, 1.4 GHz i5-4350U, or 1.5 GHz i5-4360U, but Intel hasn't announced a replacement for the i7-4650U used in more expensive Airs.

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Briefly: Uber in Beijing, Madame Tussauds creates Zuckerberg waxwork

2 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Transportation service Uber has launched its service in its 100th market, with Beijing, China being the milestone location. The new addition to Uber's roster comes just under four years after the service first started in San Francisco, with the company also launching a commemorative page showing all locations it currently operates and highlighting Uber stories posted on Twitter.

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Amazon Pantry launches with flat-rate deliveries of grocery orders

3 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Amazon is taking on warehouse clubs and wholesale retailers, by offering another grocery service alongside its existing AmazonFresh efforts. Amazon Pantry, first surfacing in a rumor at the end of last year, will allow Prime subscribers in the United States to purchase a large number of different household items in one order, and have them delivered for a flat fee.

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Sony launches 4K Media Player for older European 4K Bravia televisions

4 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Sony has launched a third iteration of its 4K Media Player, this time aimed at the European market. The FMP-X5 media streamer is said by Sony to be intended for models of its Bravia 4K televisions sold in 2012 and 2013 that do not have a built-in HEVC decoder, allowing those televisions the ability to watch Ultra HD-resolution streaming content.

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Cook answers analyst questions on China, carriers, Apple

7 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, industry, mobile phones, Apple, iPad

Beyond the "big story" about Apple's analyst-beating earnings, profits and surprise stock split, financial analysts got a chance to ask some probing questions during Wednesday's Apple conference call discussing the company's fiscal Q2 results. In a Q&A session accompanying the announcements, Apple CFO Lucas Maestri and CEO Tim Cook revealed some details and their thoughts on diverse areas of the business, ranging from specifics on China to the changing US smartphone landscape.

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Briefly: 'Bing in the Classroom', Codecademy redesigned

8 hours ago | Posted in: education, developer

Microsoft has launched an ad-free search engine for school classroom use, dubbed as "Bing in the Classroom." A specialized search tool, the classroom-designed Bing has no advertisements, and offers strong privacy controls and parental settings to filter out adult content. Bing's ad-free search is available to all eligible K-12 schools for free.

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Briefly: Sceptre's Color Series LED HDTV, Instagram's Explore tab

8 hours ago | Posted in:

Sceptre has announced the release of its newest 32-inch LED HDTV, as part of its Color Series. Available in pink, purple, white and black, the LED HDTV features three HDMI ports that deliver digital video and audio from external sources through single cable. Its USB port allows for viewing content directly from a flash drive, and its LED panel offers 720p, 1366x768 resolution. Weighing 12.32 pounds including its optional stand, the HDTV can be easily wall-mounted. Priced at $500, Sceptre's Color Series 32-inch LED HDTV can be purchased from various online retailers.

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Facebook quarterly income climbs 72 percent in a year to $642 million

13 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry

Facebook today reported financial results for the quarter. The company posted $2.5 billion in revenue beating analyst expectations, with an operating margin of 43 percent. Net income hit $642 million, with earnings per share of $0.25, an over 70 percent gain in profit in a year. Notably, mobile daily active users increased to 609 million, an increase of 43 percent from 2013.

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Founder Mark Pincus leaving Zynga, Alex Garden hired as president

14 hours ago | Posted in: industry, gaming, hacks

In conjunction with Zynga's quarterly results, new CEO Don Mattrick revealed that founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer at the embattled game producer. Mattrick also announced that Alex Garden, ex-general manager of Xbox Live, has been hired as president of Zynga Studios.

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FCC distributes new 'Open Internet' rules internally ahead of May vote

15 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will circulate new "open" Internet regulations internally on Thursday. The new proposal will allow companies to pay Internet providers a fee for "special access" to customers and boosted speed of delivery of the paid content, on a "commercially reasonable" basis, paving the way for more deals like the one Comcast struck with Netflix. The FCC will determine what the terms will be on a case-by-case basis.

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Apple touts $45.6 billion in Q2 2014 revenues

17 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, Investor, computers, Apple, iPad

Apple has posted $45.6 billion in revenues in its second fiscal quarter, up from $43.6 billion the same period a year ago. Net profits rose from $9.5 billion to $10.2 billion, or from $10.09 per share to $11.62. The company sold 43.7 million iPhones, an increase from the 37.4 million in Q2 2013. iPad sales came in at 16.3 million units, below a Wall Street consensus forecast of 19.7 million. The company also recorded 4.1 million Macs.

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DoubleTwist MagicPlay adds AirPlay support to Google Play Music

18 hours ago | Posted in: software

Google Play Music on Android can be used to stream music through AirPlay devices, thanks to a release from doubleTwist. MagicPlay: AirPlay for Android, downloadable from Google Play and works with the existing doubleTwist Player, will act as a bridge between Google's Cast API for streaming to the Chromecast and AirPlay, granting the music service AirPlay support.

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Start Menu could return in rumored Windows Update in August

20 hours ago | Posted in: software

The Start Menu could be making its way back to Windows desktops in another Windows 8.1 update later this year, according to rumors. A second update for the operating system is apparently on the way, landing sometime in the third quarter of this year, and may see Microsoft bringing back the Start Menu before its expected return in the next version of Windows.

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Google partnering to form $250 million residential solar lease program

20 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Google has announced a plan intended to boost solar energy adoption to residences in the US. In parallel with purchasing up to 407MW of wind energy from Iowa utilities, Google is parterning with SunPower Corporation, to create a $250 million fund to finance the purchase of residential rooftop solar systems and offer them to consumers at a cost said to be lower than monthly energy bills.

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GameStop to add 23 Simply Mac, 400 Spring Mobile stores this year

20 hours ago | Posted in: industry

US-based game retailer GameStop is planning to add 23 Simply Mac locations this year, and as many as 400 Spring Mobile and Cricket locations, says the Star-Telegram. The company bought out Simply Mac and Spring Mobile last year in an attempt to diversify its revenue. Simply Mac is an authorized Apple reseller, whereas Spring Mobile sells AT&T products; Cricket is based on the AT&T network. The expansion is expected to cost up to $140 million, based on a mix of buying existing outlets and constructing new ones. GameStop says it expects to add 200 to 250 Spring locations and 100 to 150 Cricket outlets.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 on Verizon

20 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

The Samsung Galaxy S5 might be the phone that Android users have been craving for some time. Information coming out of Mobile World Congress painted the phone to be the next leap in innovation spearheaded by Samsung to breathe life back into their smartphones. From changes in the camera and adding pieces of technology to aid a healthy lifestyle, on top of a powerful set of internals, the phone has been set up by Samsung marketing to be the next must have phone for consumers at all levels. But is Samsung creating a phone that will indeed work for everyone, or are they stretching themselves too thin to cover so many ideas? Read our review and find out.

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Google Maps adds option to view older Street View image collections

22 hours ago | Posted in: Graphics/Web Design

Google has updated its online Maps service by adding the option to view earlier Street View imagery. Users of Google Maps can, in a number of locations, use previously-collected Street View photographs to explore an area, and be able to compare recent shots of the location with those from the same place dated from as far back as 2007.

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iOS 7.1.x code points to Siri support on Apple TV

23 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals

Code contained in iOS 7.1 and 7.1.1 suggests that Apple is planning to bring Siri to the Apple TV. A PLIST file for Assistant -- an internal Apple name for Siri -- includes the Apple TV lineup under its collection of supported devices. Notably, though, no Apple TV to date has included the microphone that would be needed for Siri.

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Amazon signs deal for HBO content on Prime Instant Video, Fire TV

Wed April 23, 2014 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps

Subscribers of Amazon Prime will be able to enjoy classic HBO shows in the near future, the retailer has revealed. At the same time, Amazon has announced HBO Go will be added to the company's Fire TV, allowing the streaming media box to show recently-broadcast programs as well as its archive of over 1,700 shows, original films, and specials.

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Samsung Galaxy K shown at full zoom in leaked photographs

Wed April 23, 2014 | Posted in: digital imaging, mobile phones

Two more photographs of Samsung's alleged Galaxy K smartphone have surfaced, showing how far its zoom lens protrudes out of the back. The pair of images found on Baidu has the phone held inside a clear polycarbonate casing, with the lens extending outwards in three segments, spanning a larger distance on its own than the smartphone body's thickness.

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Briefly: WhatsApp hits 500M active users, Sprint domestic unlocking

Wed April 23, 2014 | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, mobile phones

WhatsApp has hit a milestone of half a billion active users, the messaging service has announced. The 500 million-user figure is 50 million more than it reported in February, when it also announced it was being acquired by Facebook for a total of $19 billion in cash and shares, with the service now seeing 700 million photographs and 100 million videos being shared between users every day.

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OnePlus One launches with 5.5-inch 1080p display, 2.5GHz processor

Wed April 23, 2014 | Posted in: mobile phones

OnePlus has formally launched its first CyanogenMod-based Android smartphone, a device the company teased last week. The OnePlus One has a 5.5-inch 1920x1080-resolution display packed into a case that measures 8.9mm (0.35 inches) thick, weighs 162 grams (5.7 ounces), and will offer a variety of StyleSwap back covers including wooden and denim options.

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Apple vs Samsung, Day 10: The home stretch

Wed April 23, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, mobile phones, Apple

The biggest news in today's Apple vs Samsung patent trial was the previously-reported revelation of a secret deal between Google and Samsung in which the search and advertising giant not only agreed to indemnify Samsung if it lost on two of the patent claims in this trial, but that Google -- not Samsung -- was to "direct and control" litigation and defense on Samsung's behalf. The revelation, which Samsung had previously denied in court, will be used to diminish the Samsung claim that the case is really about Android.

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Briefly: New Sony Smartwatch 2 app, SMS and IM merge on Hangouts

Wed April 23, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets, mobile phones

Sony has announced an update for its Android-based Smartwatch 2, adding a customizable watch face editor. Various widgets can be selected that include date, weather, calendar, Bluetooth, notifications, and more, with third-party developers welcomed to create new content. The Smartwatch 2 now has a built-in calculator app featured in the new update, as well as improved Gmail and Facebook apps. Featuring six new wallpaper options, the watch offers a new low-light double tap function that increases the display's brightness by thirty percent when touched. According to Sony's blog post, new options and further developments are on the horizon.

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Apple releases OpenSSL fix for 2013 Airport Extreme, Time Capsule

Tue April 22, 2014 | Posted in: industry, security, Apple

On Tuesday, Apple -- which had previously said none of its key software, operating systems, websites or web services had been affected by the Heartbleed OpenSSL security flaw -- issued a patch to its 2013 (only) Airport Extreme and Time Capsule products that support 802.11ac to fix the issue. The 2013 Airport Express is not affected by the bug, and does not require the update. The patch boosts the firmware version on the Extreme and Time Capsule to 7.7.3 and "provides security improvements related to SSL/TLS."

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Briefly: Withings updates Pulse Tracker, Bitcasa adds Chromecast

Tue April 22, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets, mobile phones

Withings has announced that its Pulse activity tracker has been updated with new sensor capabilities with the release of the Pulse O2. Able to measure the user's blood oxygen level, the Pulse O2 features a new bracelet mount for wrist wearing. By measuring one's oxygen saturation level, the Pulse O2 can determine how efficiently the user is breathing during activity. The Pulse O2 is priced at $120, and is now on sale through Withing's online store. Existing Pulse users can adopt the new features by downloading a free firmware update.

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